Three features you need to consider in new fleet vehicles

When it comes time to consider new fleet vehicles, there are always a number of things to think about. The size of the vehicle, the type of fuel and how many seats are all important factors, but there are other features that need to be considered - especially given the impact they can have on your staff.

In this article, we'll take a look at three features you might usually gloss over when looking for new fleet vehicles, but deserve thinking about.

Modern dashboards

In the vehicles of old, there would usually only be radio controls and air conditioning in the centre console of a car or truck. However, vehicles have come a long way. Now, you should seek out cars with power outlets so staff can charge devices while travelling, built-in GPS to make navigation easier and comfort features such as dual-zone climate control.

In addition to these features, a heads-up display can also be extremely useful. These are found on many newer cars from makers such as BMW, and project the speedometer near the windscreen, to keep drivers focused on the road.

Lane automation

We're not quite at the level of fully-automated vehicles yet, but automakers have started to leap ahead over recent years. Now, vehicles such as the Honda CR-V (certain models) include a lane sensing technology called LKAS. If the vehicle starts to leave a lane without signalling, the steering wheel adjusts to compensate.

This type of feature could prove vital in reducing the chance of serious crashes - especially on longer interstate or Outback roads where driving in a straight line can be the norm for hours at a time.

Multiple airbags

This isn't technically one single feature, but fleet managers need to think about vehicles with multiple airbags. Choosing cars with fewer airbags could prove to be the difference between a fatal crash or merely an injury.

Take the Prius V wagon, for example. This vehicle from Toyota includes Dual Frontal, Side, Head and Knee airbags. It scored a five star rating on the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP). The Cherry J11, a compact SUV, scored a two star rating. This vehicle only includes dual frontal airbags. It's easy to see just how important additional airbags are.

There's quite a bit to think about with new fleet vehicles, and certainly more than the cars of five or 10 years ago. However, these are important considerations - and they could help to keep your drivers safe on the road.

When it comes time to choose new vehicles, ensure that you're looking at more than just fuel consumption.